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The Interfaith Dialogue Programme 2008: South India

The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of the Dalai Lama is a not - for - profit, non-sectarian, non-denominational organisation established with the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Dalai Lama in 1989. In the spirit of the Charter of the United Nations, the Foundation brings together men and women of different faiths, professions and nationalities, through a range of initiatives and mutually sustaining collaborations.

The Foundation implements projects to benefit people everywhere, focusing especially on assisting non-violent methods, on improving communication between religion and science, on securing human rights and democratic freedom.

The Interfaith Dialogue Programme 2008: South India, is part of such an initiative.

With the successful conclusion of the third Interfaith Dialogue Programme for college students last year in South India, and overwhelming response from people, the Foundation organised the programme again this year in May 2008 from 15th to 25th. According to Thupten Tsewang, programme manager, the intention of the programme was to help participants embrace religious diversity, build cross-cultural understanding and encourage spiritual growth through first hand exploration of different faith traditions. An inter-faith dialogue programme on Islam was held in Bangalore on May 15 and 16, 2008. The sessions included basic beliefs in Islam, worship in Islam, the five pillars, human values in Islam, Quran and science, visit to mosques and followed by question and answer session.

The programme was facilitated by Mahmood Ashraf from Bangalore.

(For more details, contact, Thupten Tsewang on thuptentsewang@gmail.com)